After much procrastination, I have decided to throw in my two cents in regards to homosexuality and the church. This post will be surprisingly short in comparison to the others on this topic. I feel for the most part that this topic has been covered adequately.
I do find one point that I feel needs further clarification. As Reed pointed out in his last post on the issue, the question that must be asked is not what does the Bible say about homosexuality, but rather should we be going to the Bible for this answer? Much to the chagrin of my fundamentalist friends, I believe that the answer to this question is simply no. The Bible simply does not lay out a sexual ethic for which mankind is to follow. Sure there are many proof texts that can be pointed to by both sides. However, in the end all of the texts are nothing more than a list of sexual mores, many of which the church does not still hold to.
The church has gotten into the bad habit of picking which scriptural codes of conduct align themselves with the current worldview and then screaming that the Bible has commanded that we follow these rules. The reality is that long ago the church jettisoned the Biblical condoning of polygamy and endogamy. They we excused as no longer culturally relevant. Similarly the church has excused itself from Biblical mandates on slavery.
Is homosexuality inherently dangerous or simply uncomfortable?
This question can’t be answered with proof texts and hellfire sermons. It must be filtered through our experiences and reason. If the church truly wants to make headway on the homosexual issue it must come up with experience backed reasons for its conclusions. Simply yelling at the top of our lungs that the Bible says so simply will not do. If we as Christians really want to live out a Biblically mandated ethic, then I suggest we begin with one that is actually there. As Dan pointed out, the Bible may not provide a sexual ethic, but it does provide an ethic of love. The issue that the church must wrestle with today is how it can live out the Biblical mandate to love all, while still ostracizing the homosexual community. I suggest that it cannot.